Kia Niro review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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The Kia Niro may appear to be just another family SUV, but it's got a trick (or three) up its sleeve.

It’s all about efficient power. There's a hybrid version, which, like the Toyota Corolla, uses an electric motor and small battery pack to add zip to its petrol engine. The electric assistance comes solely from energy recovered during braking and helps to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy.

Or, you can plump for the Niro PHEV. The plug-in hybrid version has the same petrol engine but a bigger battery, which you can plug in to charge independently. With this, Kia says the car can travel for up to 30 miles on electric power alone, the CO2 emissions plummet and the fuel economy is even better.

If neither of those is quite green enough for your liking, the fully electric Kia e-Niro doesn’t have a petrol-powered engine at all, but a really chunky battery that officially allows the car to travel for more than 250 pure-electric miles from a full charge. It has proved to be a truly groundbreaking electric car, and won our Overall Car of the Year Award when it was launched.

You can read about the e-Niro in our dedicated review by clicking the link. Here we’re focusing on the first two options of Niro Hybrid and PHEV, which count all manner of cars among their competitors. These include other hybrids and plug-in hybrids, like the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid, Toyota C-HR and Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid. But also competition from the crop of really well packed, conventionally powered family SUVs, such as the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq.

How do they compare? Read on over the next few pages for our detailed impressions of the Kia Niro Hybrid and Kia Niro PHEV. And don’t forget, once you’ve decided which new car is right for you, head to our New Car Buying pages to see how much you could save.

At a glance

Number of trims3 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid
MPG range across all versions201.8 - 58.9
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty7 years / 100000 miles

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